This site would be inundated with posts if I included all the work I get to do at Fuse and Billboard each week. Now, I will use this site for news, have my contact information and highlight exciting projects. I am spending my days at Fuse, nights covering the K-pop world when Korea is awake (Seoul is 14 hours ahead of East Coast Time), and weekends editing and posting Billboard magazine content for subscribers; it’s a very busy time! With that, I am always looking for exciting opportunities and connections to expand my skills. Please keep up and support my weekly writings at Fuse that includes daily news coverage, relevant features (like lists, graphics, quizzes and photo galleries), and planning bigger enterprises to help the brand grow. Then check out my column at Billboard, K-Town, that I manage and write with major news, chart recaps, features with interviews, video, and photo galleries. I’ll also be contributing to other properties.
Posted in Billboard Magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard.com, Editing, Feature Articles, Fuse, Interviews, Lists, Live, News, Opinion Editorial, SEO Optimization, Video Interviews
I was one of the hosts on Fuse’s new digital series The Cue and spoke about pop culture and music news including Nick Cannon donning whiteface to promote his new album White People Party Music, a Dutch beer ad that used Elvis, Tupac and Kurt Cobain’s likenesses to sell beer, Neon Trees’ frontman Tyler Glenn’s coming out, new science findings about dancing, Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album and more. Apparently there were some mic problems for me, but it was still lots of fun.
For a ‘Best of 2013′ assignment at Fuse, I created in-depth list at the 15 moments that further pushed K-pop into the global, mainstream music consciousness. Music can’t ignore moments like another Korean song topping the charts worldwide, a K-pop group’s fanbase outvoting the fans of the West’s biggest stars, SXSW inviting a K-pop act, more Korean stars touring in America and more. It was exciting and fun to further prove K-pop’s expansion as well see fans get excited and riled up about their favorite acts getting the recognition from a United States TV station website.
I was asked to deliver a speech at the Global Hallyu Forum 2013: Hallyu Live! conference in Washington D.C. This annual event seems to grow every year and most notably snagged Wonder Girls member Sun to speak at the 2012 event. This year saw member of Korean girl group Nine Muses speaking via a video Q&A session. I was asked to deliver a speech in “TED Talk” style about K-pop, its international advancement and how and why it got to be such a global force to be reckoned with.
So very excited and proud to announce that I have been asked to be a columnist for the upcoming Billboard.com! The site, along with the magazine and Billboard.biz, will be relaunched in January 2013. With this relaunch will be the inclusion of a K-Pop (Korean pop) column titled “K-Town” that I will write and manage! I will cover weekly the genre’s weekly news, K-Pop Hot 100 chart news, and do many features. I plan on making this column THE place for K-pop artists to reach an American audience as well as make K-pop as accessible and relatable of a genre as possible. This will be launch in January 2013 with big exclusive features coming during launch week.
Very, very, very excited to announce I will be working with Fuse as a staff writer! I will be working with an established team of writers (whose pasts include positions at MTV, Entertainment Weekly, AOL, SPIN) and content creators. In my position I will report and write on daily music news, Fuse TV content, interviews for the site that reaches over one million people. I will also help brainstorm and create larger feature packages lists, photo galleries, playlists for larger franchise ideas to help the brand grow. I absolutely cannot wait and look forward to proving myself at Fuse.
I am particularly proud of this episode wrap-up piece of “The Voice” episode because of my SEO keyword optimization and data insight predictions. With my title using the artists’ names first and the song title near their names this makes my article the top result when someone searches “Christina Aguilera Blake Shelton Just A Fool,” which they would when searching the song. A very important place to be in, especially for a song just announced as a single for two major artists. As well in my recap, I watched the effect of certain contestants’ performances on iTunes seeing a particularly big response to Amanda Brown’s performance of Grace Potter & The Nocturnal’s “Stars.” In my wrap-up I spoke about this predicting Potter and band may earn their first Billboard Hot 100 appearance as a result. The following week “Stars” debuted on the chart making my data calculations and insight correct.